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December 04, 2017
ISU has had a SACNAS chapter for over four years, expanding the chapter size to 20 active members. The goal of the organization is to promote the involvement of all students in STEM, helping students learn about research opportunities, and offering personal/professional development workshops during...
December 04, 2017
Sex chromosomes at the time of fertilization determines the sex of most snakes and lizards. But, the sex of most turtles is determined by environmental conditions after fertilization.  For turtles with temperature-dependent sex determination, the temperature during certain points in...
November 27, 2017
Jeanne Serb, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has been appointed the new director for ISU’s Office of Biotechnology and chair of the Biotechnology Council. Her appointment begins Jan. 1. Serb replaces Jim Reecy who joined the Office of the Vice President for Research as an associate vice...
November 27, 2017
Matthew Ellinwood, Jason Ross, Christopher Tuggle and Jack Dekkers, animal science, were recently issued a patent titled, “Genetic Test and Genetic Basis for SCID in Pigs.”
November 27, 2017
An Iowa State University agronomist is charting mechanisms – gene by gene – that could lead to soybean varieties resistant to sudden death syndrome.  A paper published recently in the peer-reviewed academic journal Plant Physiology shows a gene found in a model plant called Arabidopsis could...
November 20, 2017
AMES, Iowa – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is honoring an Iowa State researcher who studies the molecular mechanisms of plant viruses and another who develops software that unlocks the power of supercomputers. The AAAS announced today that W. Allen Miller, a...
November 09, 2017
Dr. Richard Martin’s work with parasites has led to many discoveries that has global relevance for both human and animal health.  In recognition of his work in this field, Martin has been named the inaugural holder of the Dr. E.A. Benbrook Endowed Chair in Pathology and Parasitology in...
October 30, 2017
A $1 million grant will help Thomas Lubberstedt and Kathleen Delate, agronomy, advance the genetics of corn varieties intended to be grown in organic settings. The project aims to improve the performance of field and sweet corn varieties in conditions unique to organic production systems
October 24, 2017
The National Science Foundation renewed the grant of Diane Bassham (genetics, development and cell biology professor) and Gustavo MacIntosh (biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology associate professor), effective Aug. 1. The $899,991 grant is Award No. 1714996, “Autophagy-dependent and...
October 16, 2017
Agronomy Hall may be the only building on campus with a boot scraper at most entrances – as many faculty, staff and students are doing field work. In a recent Facebook post, the agronomy department gave a shout out to their “awesome custodial crew!”
October 16, 2017
Tom Lubberstedt, agronomy, has been awarded a $1 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The goal of the project is to increase the productivity of organic field and sweet corn production within organic crop rotations, and develop a certificate program in organic plant...
October 12, 2017
Kan Wang was presented with the professorship at a medallion ceremony Oct. 6 by Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Wang has directed Iowa State’s Plant Transformation Facility since it was created in 1995. It was established as one of the first...
September 18, 2017
ISU was ranked the third best college for agricultural sciences in a recent posting by Niche, a website that provides readers with information on choosing schools, from K-12 up through college. The Best Colleges for Agricultural Sciences ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using...
September 18, 2017
Nick Serao, James Koltes and James Reecy, animal science, have been involved in developing the vision and agenda for the Livestock HTP and Big Data conference, scheduled for Nov. 13-14 in Beltsville, Md. The program is billed as groundbreaking in nature for animal science, with the specific purpose...
September 18, 2017
Matt Helmers and Basil Nikolau received the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the CALS convocation on Sept. 12. Helmers, agricultural and biosystems engineering, holds the Dean’s Professorship in CALS, is leader of the nitrate team for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction...
September 17, 2017
Obituary of Peter A. Peterson
August 29, 2017
Ames, Iowa – Iowa State University researchers have received a grant to further develop innovative technology that allows them to scour the genome of zebrafish for genes that might lead to advances in human health. The researchers will use the latest gene editing techniques to create precise...
August 28, 2017
Leonor Leandro, Larry Halverson and Gwyn Beattie, plant pathology and microbiology, and Matt Liebman, agronomy, received a three-year grant from USDA-NIFA’S Agriculture and Food Research Initiative on “Unraveling the Mechanisms Underlying Beneficial Impacts of Diversified Cropping Systems on Pest...
August 21, 2017
Thomas Baum and Gary Munkvold, plant pathology and microbiology, were named Fellows at the 2017 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, held Aug. 5-9 in San Antonio. Baum, distinguished professor and department chair, was recognized for his scholarly contributions to molecular nematology...
August 18, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Farmers often go to great lengths to keep viruses and aphids out of their fields, but Iowa State University scientists are imagining a future in which these harmful agents could be engineered to help crops. It’s a wild and highly speculative idea, the researchers admit. But the...
August 02, 2017
Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the University of Minnesota, the University of California, Davis, and Iowa State University have received a four-year $10.3 million award to engineer insect-vectored viruses to express genes in maize that can help in combatting disease, drought,...
July 14, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Dry weather forces plants to save energy by reducing their growth rate, but it’s not as if a plant can consult a rain gauge or weather report. So how do they know when to ease up on growth? Yanhai Yin, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology and a Plant Sciences...
July 12, 2017
AMES, IA – Iowa State University researchers for the first time have mapped the various molecular components that govern how environmentally stressed plants interrupt their normal growth pathways by tapping into an important energy recycling function. The research, published today in the...
July 12, 2017
This summer, in cornfields in Iowa and Nebraska, about a thousand small point-and-shoot digital cameras will be enclosed in waterproof cases, mounted on poles and attached to solar-powered battery chargers. They will take pictures every ten minutes as plants grow; all part of a plan to create...
July 11, 2017
  AMES, Iowa – Recently published research from Iowa State University biomedical scientists details new methods for studying a parasitic nematode that sickens millions worldwide, a development that could lead to improved therapies.  Richard Martin, a Distinguished Professor of...

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